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For Immediate Release:
December 6, 2012

Contact: Kevin Nash

UMSON Faculty Member Appointed Vice Chair of Methodology Committee for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed vice chair of the Methodology Committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

“Dr. Newhouse’s appointment as vice chair of the Methodology Committee is a testament to the leadership abilities that she provides to both the committee and School of Nursing,” said Janet Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of UMSON. “Serving as vice chair of a committee that helps PCORI make informed health decisions is a great responsibility. This is a well-deserved honor.”

Newhouse, the only nurse on the committee, has been a member of the PCORI since it was formed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in January 2011. Her research ranges from cluster randomized trials to systematic reviews focusing on quality of care, implementation of evidence-based processes among clinicians and outcomes research in health care delivery systems.

“PCORI has an unprecedented opportunity to transform the way we approach research and make evidence more reliable and responsive to patient’s needs,” Newhouse said. “I am honored to be involved with an organization that presents such potential, and I am eager to continue working toward our goal of establishing the highest standards for patient-centered research.” 

The PCORI, a non-profit corporation authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, assists patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policymakers in making informed health decisions. PCORI helps influence these decisions by providing quality, relevant evidence on how best to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor diseases and other health conditions.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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